Dear Ballou STAY High School Community,

It is with great sadness that I share with you an update on a member of our school community. Over the weekend our beloved Cosmetology instructor, Helen M. White, died due to health complications. As an adored member of the Ballou STAY family, we know that this comes as a shock, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Having been a member of the Ballou STAY family for the past 14 years, Mrs. White was cherished as a close confidant and kind nurturer of everyone she encountered, both students and staff. She always had a smile on her face and a gracious and welcoming spirit. She embodied unconditional love and treated everyone like family. From class potlucks to planning for extravagant hair shows, Mrs. White included students and their entire families in every aspect of her class. She had a special relationship and bond with each person. She made everyone feel important. She was more than just an instructor and taught more than just Cosmetology. Mrs. White taught others how to be a good mother, a better sibling, and how to better support and strengthen each other. We should lean on the sage wisdom she shared, now more than ever.

This will be a difficult time. I find my feelings periodically shifting from resigned acceptance to profound sadness. I don't have courageous words or a powerful analogy, just countless memories of good times and easy laughter. We are deeply saddened by this loss and will make every effort to provide you with any help you may need to work through this loss. Please contact me at cara.fu11er@k12.dc.gov if you need support. There are resources available, and we care.

On behalf of Ballou STAY faculty, staff, and students, I extend my deepest condolences to all of Mrs. White's family and friends.

Sincerely,

Cara Fuller
Principal, Ballou STAY High School